Offering Info

Certificate III in Plumbing

  • National Course Code: CPC32413
  • TAFE NSW code: CPC32413-03V02-20WLG-999

Location – Wollongong - Apprenticeship

Study Type

Part Time Day

Course Start Date


Study Commitment

8 Hours per week



  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Apprenticeship Allowed
  • This training is subsidised by the NSW Government

Course Details

Plumbers are in-demand in NSW. Now is the time to get trade qualified with the nationally accredited Certificate III in Plumbing. You will graduate with a strong foundation in plumbing services and be ready to register as a journeyman plumber. Plus, the skills you gain are transferrable across all areas of building and construction.


Learn plumbing services in water, sanitation, drainage, irrigation, roofing, fire and gas including:

  • Bending and joining pipes
  • Welding, laying, installing and joining underground pipes
  • Testing and maintaining pipes
  • Marking out and installing roof rainwater components
  • Reading and interpreting plans


Develop the qualities to get ahead in this field, including:

  • Communication excellence
  • Problem solving
  • Collaboration and teamwork
  • Reliability and time management
  • Flexibility to perform a variety of tasks and in varied work conditions


Completing this course will equip you with:

  • A nationally recognised Certificate III qualification
  • Become a qualified plumbing tradesperson
  • The opportunity to register as a journeyman plumber with NSW Fair Trading

Career outcomes and job roles include:

  • Plumber
  • Plumber and drainer
  • Plumber and gasfitter
  • Gasfitter
  • Roof plumber


If owning your own plumbing business is your goal, you can become a licensed master plumber when you complete the Certificate IV in Plumbing and Services.

Go on to further specialist study and develop your management and design skills for plumbing services, by studying the Diploma of Hydraulic (Plumbing) Service Design.


Given the increase in infrastructure around the state, there is an identified shortage of plumbers in metropolitan and regional NSW.

When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledge and skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.


TAFE NSW offers the Certificate III in Plumbing as an apprenticeship. There may also be options available for you to study as a non-apprentice.


To be eligible for this course, you must:

  • Be employed as an apprentice in the plumbing industry evidenced by a letter of support from your employer
  • Submit your training plan proposal (TPP) with your application


There may be options available for you to study as a non-apprentice. Enquire today and our Apprenticeship and Traineeship team will support you to understand any eligibility or entry requirements for our non-apprenticeship qualifications.


During your study, you will need to meet specific requirements that are necessary for you to complete your course work and be successful.

You will need to meet the following success requirements to be able to undertake work placement within industry. Your teacher will let you know when you need to provide evidence of:

  • A general construction induction card (commonly known as a white card) - you will need this before you can enter a construction site


There is no work placement requirement for apprentices taking this qualification, as you will gain your experience on-the-job with your employer.

Non-apprentices will need to be in either relevant employment or have access to appropriate simulated workplace environments to complete the learning and assessment requirements.

You are responsible for arranging your own work placement. Our team can offer support and guidance to assist you.


To be prepared for this course, it is recommended that you have:

  • Practical aptitude
  • Good communication skills
  • Good problem solving skills
  • Agility and reliability
  • The ability to work as part of team

If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.


Occupational licenses are required if you want to work as a plumber nationally.

State and territory jurisdictions have different regulatory requirements depending on the level of licensing you need. Check with your state or territory licensing and regulatory authorities regarding their educational requirements.


With 130 locations across the state, TAFE NSW tailors qualifications to meet the needs of the local community and specific student groups (like apprentices, fast-tracked and online students). To make sure this course is the right fit for you, we will need you to demonstrate that you can meet the additional requirements below.

To be enrolled in this course, you need to be able to provide evidence that you are:

  • an apprentice (you will work in industry and study at the same time)
  • employed full time
  • signed up with an Apprentice Network Provider and have a Training Plan Proposal
  • seeking to gain skills and knowledge to become a qualified Plumber after successful completion
  • Current "White Card", achievement of unit CPCCWHS1001 covers the requirement for the general induction training program specified by the National Code of Practice for Induction Training for Construction Work (ASCC 2007). This needs to be completed, and the White Card attained prior to entry into this Training Product.
  • Students enrolled in this training product are expected to have an LLN level at ACSF Level 3 when commencing the course. TAFE NSW will make every reasonable effort to ensure it can accommodate a student?s Language, Literacy and Numeracy needs. Support is based on a review of the applicants LLN skills through diagnostic tools such as R U Ready and support from the Foundation Skills teams. If deemed applicable, a meeting will be arranged to discuss the LLN assistance that TAFE NSW can provide to the student, with a view to creating an individual training and learning plan that best addresses the student?s needs.


To find out more about this course, meet our teachers and receive information about enrolment and next steps, attend an information session.

Date: Thursday, 23 January 2020
Time: 9.00am to 5.30pm (drop in anytime during these hours)
Location: TAFE NSW Wollongong, Building J, Level G, Room 37


This is a face to face part time day course. You will need to attend approximately 8 hours of class, over 1 day a week, for 2.5 years.

You may also be required to complete approximately 27 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including independent study and apprentice mentoring in the workplace.


This course offering is designed for people who:

  • Are a registered apprentice.


We offer student services and study support to ensure you can achieve your goals. Learn about TAFE NSW Student Services

As a TAFE NSW student in this course, you will have access to:

  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly
  • Smarthinking - after hours online study support service
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries
  • Accessibility and Disability Support Services
  • Access to Read&Write learning support software at TAFE and at home

This course is currently scheduled on Monday from 8.00am to 4.30pm. This timetable may change and will be confirmed by your teacher.


This course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to TAFE NSW and the NSW Government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply.

Depending on your previous qualifications and experience, your fee may be less than the maximum fee quoted. Your actual fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process. Payment plans are available through TAFE NSW for Smart and Skilled eligible qualifications.

For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit Are You Eligible?


You will need to provide for yourself the following resources which you will keep when you complete your study:

Students are required to provide and bring to each session appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) which may include:
safety glasses, gloves, safety footwear, suitable clothing such as cotton drill work wear and other equipment (e.g. ear protection or respiratory masks) in line with industry requirements for their workplace or worksite.


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Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

Learn about Recognition at TAFE NSW Recognition

Before you can start an apprenticeship, you first need to find an employer in the industry you're interested in that will support you through your studies. You and your employer should contact an Apprenticeship Network Provider (ANP) and tell them you're interested in studying at TAFE NSW.
The ANP will help you and your employer to complete a Training Contract. Once you have a Training Contract, we will help you, your employer and the ANP to complete a Training Plan Proposal. Once you have both these documents, the ANP will lodge them with State Training Services, who will provide further advice about next steps.

Find out more:

For further information or assistance, call 131 601.

Find out more about Applying and Enrolling

Core Units
Number Title
CPCPCM2052A Weld using oxy-acetylene equipment
CPCPCM3023A Fabricate and install non-ferrous pressure piping
CPCPWT3021A Set out and install water services
CPCPWT3022A Install and adjust water service controls and devices
CPCPWT3025A Install water pumpsets
CPCPRF2023A Collect and store roof water
CPCPCM2043A Carry out WHS requirements
CPCPCM2039A Carry out interactive workplace communication
CPCPCM2045A Handle and store plumbing materials
CPCPCM2055A Work safely on roofs
CPCPCM2048A Cut and join sheet metal
CPCPCM3021A Flash penetrations through roofs and walls
CPCPCM2050A Mark out materials
CPCPCM2040A Read plans and calculate plumbing quantities
CPCPCM2053A Weld using manual metal arc welding equipment
CPCPWT3020A Connect and install storage tanks to a domestic water supply
CPCPWT3023A Install and commission water heating systems
CPCPWT3027A Connect irrigation systems from drinking water supply
CPCPFS3031A Fabricate and install fire hydrant and hose reel systems
CPCPCM3022A Weld polyethylene and polypropylene pipes using fusion method
CPCPCM2054A Carry out simple concreting and rendering
CPCPCM2046A Use plumbing hand and power tools
CPCPCM2047A Carry out levelling
CPCPDR2024A Install stormwater and sub-soil drainage systems
CPCPDR2025A Drain work site
CPCPDR2022A Install domestic treatment plants
CPCPGS3054A Calculate and install natural ventilation for Type A gas appliances
CPCPGS3053A Disconnect and reconnect Type A gas appliances
CPCPGS3049A Install Type A gas appliance flues
CPCPDR2026A Install prefabricated inspection openings and enclosures
CPCPDR3021A Plan layout of a residential sanitary drainage system
CPCPDR3022A Install below ground sanitary drainage systems
CPCPDR3023A Install on-site disposal systems
CPCPDR2021A Locate and clear blockages
CPCPWT3026A Fit off and commission heated and cold water services
CPCPSN3024A Install and fit off sanitary fixtures
CPCPSN3011B Plan layout of a residential sanitary plumbing system
CPCPSN3022A Install discharge pipes
CPCPSN3023A Fabricate and install sanitary stacks
CPCPGS3048A Install gas pressure control equipment
CPCPGS3057A Size consumer gas piping systems
CPCPGS3056A Install gas piping systems
CPCPGS3059A Install LPG storage of aggregate storage capacity up to 500 litres
CPCPGS3046A Install LPG systems in caravans, mobile homes and mobile workplaces
CPCPGS3047A Install LPG systems in marine craft
CPCPCM2041A Work effectively in the plumbing and services sector
CPCPGS3061A Install and commission Type A gas appliances
CPCPGS3051A Purge consumer piping
HLTFA211A Provide basic emergency life support
RIICCM210A Install trench support
Elective Units
Number Title
CPCCCM2010B Work safely at heights
CPCPGS3052A Maintain Type A gas appliances
CPCPSN3025A Install pre-treatment facilities
CPCPGS3055A Install gas sub-meters
CPCPCM2049A Cut using oxy-LPG-acetylene equipment
CPCCOHS2001A Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.

Plumber, plumber and drainer, plumber and gasfitter, gasfitter, roof plumber.

Whether you're a school leaver, an aspiring apprentice, looking to kickstart a career, or you're upskilling, reskilling, or re-training, there's a TAFE NSW course to give you the skills you need for the job you want.

Course Location

Foleys Lane, North Wollongong
Phone 131 601

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